When you invest in self storage with Storing.com you will be getting an unbeatable price for extra storage space for your personal belongings or business items, but it still makes sense to make the most of your space and only pay for what you really need.
Here’s how to make the most of every bit of pace in your self-storage unit:
1. Document Everything
You’re not trying to reinvent Aladdin’s cave here, you should be able to find everything you want to find in your self storage space especially the items stored in boxes that can be difficult to find at a later date. You can document where each item is stored in whatever way you find most helpful but remember there’s no point in writing a list on paper if you’re going to lose it. Instead why not use the ‘notes’ app on your phone, use your diary or an Excel spreadsheet – whatever works for you. Make a diagram, write a reference with numbers or even Disney names that correspond with boxes – as long as you’re fully documenting item locations then you have a way to identify where your items are and retrieve them when the time comes. The only rule is to make sure you keep your list or diagram up to date if you occasionally remove items from storage or move boxes around.
2. Keep Access
If you have a large unit, you need to make sure you keep a pathway to the back of the unit to enable you to easily gain access to all of your things without having to unload the whole storage unit to get to something at the back. Keep any items you think you may want to access regularly at the front of the unit.
3. Use All The Space
Remember storage units can be high so make sure you utilise all of your space by stacking items safely. Our 160 sq ft unit for instance is 237cm high (that’s 7′ 9″) so about as tall as the average ceiling height in a house. If you are stacking boxes then make sure that they are sturdy enough to take the weight of what is placed on top of them. If they are being stored long term, remember they may slowly crush the boxes below or start to lean if the stack is not secure.
4. Have A Little ‘Useful’ Area
Have a small area within the unit where you keep scissors, a cardboard cutting knife, tape, labels, pens, paper and anything else useful in unpacking and packing boxes back up. This saves you having to leave the unit to pack and unpack.
5. Protect Your Belongings
Make sure you package your items properly. Use materials like foam pieces, cloth, sturdy packing boxes and labels. Different items need caring for in different ways so do your research – especially if your items are worth a lot of money, or they have sentimental value and cannot be replaced.
6. Adapt The Space To Suit Your Needs
Don’t be afraid to adapt the space to suit your needs – you’re paying for it after all, so optimise away! Perhaps you used to use it for your hobby but you’ve started an online business and it is a store room now so you need to clear space. Maybe you put items in it that need a cooler temperature so you need to use temperature control.
7. Spring Clean!
Make sure you have regular spring cleans so you’re not paying for space you don’t need. Get rid of any rubbish whenever possible, and look over your list of stored items regularly to consider whether or not you still want them. You might be able to downsize and pay less.